Graduate Program


Graduate Students are offered a comprehensive curriculum of classical ballet studies. The curriculum is supervised by the School Directors and is taught by a distinguished faculty. The faculty works closely with Terrence S. Orr, Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, to achieve a style that reflects his vision and adapts itself well to the demands of other professional ballet companies.

The Graduate Program curriculum may include: Ballet Technique, Pointe, Variations, Partnering, Men's Class, Repertoire, Character, Contemporary Dance, Modern Dance, Jazz, and Pilates Mat classes. Class is often followed by Repertoire rehearsals. Graduate students receive resume seminars, assistance with audition photos, cover letters and letters of recommendation, and conferences with PBT/PBTS Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr and the PBT School Directors.

Each year, PBT School Graduate students are offered contracts and apprenticeships with many prestigious companies around the country such as American Repertory Ballet, Aspen Sante Fe Ballet, Ballet Arizona, Ballet Austin, Ballet Met Columbus, Ballet West, Boston Ballet, Complexions, Louisville Ballet, Nashville Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Richmond Ballet, Rochester City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and our very own Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, among others.

For students who wish to study in the Pre-Professional Program but are still in High School, please click here to learn about the PBT School High School program.

Performance Opportunities

At the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, performance opportunities are part of the school philosophy. High School and Graduate Level students perform in the school's annual Pre-Professional Showcases and Spring Performance. Spring Performance is designed to reflect the student's journey from Level I to Pre-Professional training. Throughout the year, some students in the High School and Graduate Levels may also have the opportunity to perform in the PBT Company repertoire at the Benedum Center.

Conditioning Programs

As part of the PBT School Pre-Professional curriculum, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Center for Sports Medicine staff may offer student seminars on topics such as stress management, sports psychology, nutrition, and injury prevention.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre enjoys a close relationship with UPMC, and offers students the opportunity to use the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine facilities.

PBTS works with UPMC to offer Musculoskeletal Screenings, when possible, for the purpose of evaluating any muscle weakness or loss of motion that may contribute to the dancer sustaining injury. The musculoskeletal evaluation includes assessment of upper and lower extremity, flexibility and strength and is performed by a Certified Athletic Trainer and/or Licensed Physical Therapist. This is often coupled with a physical evaluation focusing on previous injuries and concerns of the dancer. If a potential problem is recognized, the dancer is instructed on ways to work toward correction. The UPMC Center for Sports Medicine is known for its Musculoskeletal Research Center and is the preferred healthcare provider for PBT, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Housing for Graduate Students

Graduate students are responsible for finding their own housing.

Students are urged to consider the availability of public transportation routes to the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, safety and security, and costs when selecting accommodations.

Recommended areas for your search: Bloomfield, Friendship, Lawrenceville, Oakland, Shadyside, and Squirrel Hill. However, we also recommend students visit these and all areas prior to committing to any rental arrangement.